This is Beau.  He is my beloved 25lb re-curve bow.  I have been very busy lately and neglecting him.  I went 5 weeks without practicing archery.  When I finally picked Beau up the other day, I felt concerned.  Can I still do this?  Has my skill diminished?

I practice massage therapy 3 days a week and something I always hear from my clients regarding homecare is “I didn’t have time”.  We’re all guilty of this.  I don’t have time for yoga.  I didn’t have time to walk.  I didn’t have time to *insert self care here*.  This shows a lack of self love.

Honestly I did have the time to do archery.  I just didn’t feel like it.  I kept myself too busy and I felt drained of energy when I had alone time.  So I would waste my time and distract myself with something else… possibly throwing away a skill and hobby I loved.

When I did finally shoot the other day, I was surprised.

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My first round (L) wasn’t bad.  My second round (R) was from a further distance.  I was hitting all over the board until I hit a bullseye with my 8th arrow.  I felt aligned; the same way I always have shooting.  Time changed nothing.  I felt a rush of love and a feeling of profound safety and reassurance.

Archery is something I feel I’m born with.  I can always come back to it.  Everyone has that one skill or talent they were born with.  What is that for you?  That thing that ignites your soul and makes you feel right inside?  Have you spent any time developing it recently?  I urge you to.  It’s part of the self love path and helps to light the way.  Make time for yourself.  Make time for Beau.

Let’s all live the lives we truly want! … even if it’s scary.

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” – Pema Chodron